A “nutrient credit” is a certified unit of improvement to the environment, measured in pounds of phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment reduction.  Each credit represents a specific amount of absorption of nutrients within a sub-watershed.  Nutrient credits may be created when farmland is converted to forested land or by stream restoration work.

What is a Nutrient Credit Bank?

A nutrient bank generates credits (offsets) through an approved practice of nutrient reduction on the subject property. The credits are reviewed and approved by DEQ prior to being offered for sale.  Once approved the Nutrient Credit Bank can offer those credits for sale.